Exploring Colors with Picture Books

Color - CrayonsTeaching colors to children isn't limited to crayons, markers, and paints.  Reading books with your child is an excellent way to teach color recognition and explore the changes of color through blending.  Need a couple book suggestions? Take a peek at the titles that made our favorites list.  These books are sure to open your little one's eyes to all the colors around us.

Books About Color

Color - Pete the CatPete the Cat:  I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean

Summary:  This engaging story follows Pete, a funky little cat with a laid-back attitude, on a colorful adventure while out walking in his new white shoes.

Color - Freight TrainsFreight Train  by Donald Crews

Summary:  Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.  The vibrant illustrations are sure to catch the eye of any train enthusiasts.

Colors - Little Blue Little YellowLittle Blue, Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

Summary:  A little blue spot and a little yellow spot are best friends, and when they hug each other they become green.  This book explores friendship and the changes of colors through blending.

Color - Color of his own

A Color of His Own  by Leo Lionni

Summary:  An adorable story about a little chameleon searching for his own identity who, in the process, finds a friend.

Color - My Many Colored DaysMy Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Summary:  This charming story teaches children about feelings as well as colors.  This story describes each day in terms of a particular color which is associated with specific emotions.

Color - Color DanceColor Dance by Ann Jonas

Summary:  Three dancers show how colors combine to create different colors.  This book is a great introduction to mixing colors, including tertiary colors, pale colors and dark colors.

Color - Brown bear Brown BearBrown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle

Summary:  This beautifully illustrated rhyming book introduces children to a variety of animals, each one a different color.

Color - Lemons Are Not RedLemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Summary:  Simple text and illustrations introduce young child to color by highlighting such things as a yellow lemon, a pink flamingo, and a silver moon in a visual game in which die-cut shapes fall on the correct color backgrounds.

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